Baryon Acoustic Oscillations from Integrated Neutral Gas Observations: Radio Frequency Interference Measurements and Telescope Site Selection

M. W. Peel, C. A. Wuensche, E. Abdalla, S. Antón, L. Barosi, I. W.A. Browne, M. Caldas, C. Dickinson, K. S.F. Fornazier, C. Monstein, C. Strauss, G. Tancredi, T. Villela

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Abstract

The Baryon acoustic oscillations from Integrated Neutral Gas Observations (BINGO) telescope is a new 40m class radio telescope to measure the large-angular-scale intensity of Hi emission at 980-1260MHz to constrain dark energy parameters. As it needs to measure faint cosmological signals at the milliKelvin level, it requires a site that has very low radio frequency interference (RFI) at frequencies around 1GHz. We report on measurement campaigns across Uruguay and Brazil to find a suitable site, which looked at the strength of the mobile phone signals and other radio transmissions, the location of wind turbines, and also included mapping airplane flight paths. The site chosen for the BINGO telescope is a valley at Serra do Urubu, a remote part of Paraíba in North-East Brazil, which has sheltering terrain. During our measurements with a portable receiver, we did not detect any RFI in or near the BINGO band, given the sensitivity of the equipment. A radio quiet zone around the selected site has been requested from the Brazilian authorities ahead of the telescope construction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Astronomical Instrumentation
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2018

Keywords

  • ADS-B
  • radio astronomy
  • Radio telescope
  • RFI
  • site selection

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